At Brighton Specialty Dental Group, our dentists try to avoid extracting teeth whenever possible. However, there are times when a tooth extraction is the best course of treatment. If your tooth is extremely decayed or damaged, it may need to be removed to keep it from being a hazard to your other teeth or in preparation for a dental implant. It may also be used to address tooth crowding or in some cases it is used as the first step for orthodontic work.
During a simple extraction, the doctor will first numb your mouth to ensure your comfort. Then the dentist will loosen your tooth in the socket using a tool called an elevator. When the tooth is sufficiently loosened, the dentist will extract it with a pair of forceps. You will feel pressure during this treatment, but it should not be painful. In some cases, the dentist may need to cut the tooth into smaller pieces in order to remove it, a process known as sectioning. The dentist will want to see you for a follow-up visit in order to see how the extraction site has healed and to discuss which tooth replacement would be best for you.
Proper aftercare is important to your oral health. An Ice pack or a cold compress can help reduce swelling and you should take any prescribed medications or over-the-counter pain relievers as directed by your dentist.
Stick with cool, soft foods for the first 24 hours after your visit. Tobacco can slow the healing process and the act of smoking can create suction on the socket. You should also avoid using straws.
You should avoid brushing the site for the first day when your extraction is complete. You can gently rinse the site with a saltwater solution for the first 24 hours.
Treating the extraction site with care will help you avoid a condition known as dry socket. After your extraction a blood clot will form in the bottom of the socket to protect the exposed jawbone and the nerves. If this clot is disturbed or removed it can leave the socket vulnerable to infection and it can be extremely painful. If you develop dry socket, you should contact our office right away to have us treat and dress the socket.
If you are concerned about one or more of your teeth and would like to see if you could benefit from a tooth extraction in Ventura, California, call Brighton Specialty Dental Group at 805-644-5284 today and schedule your appointment with Dr. Homa H. Zadeh and associates.